D. C. Bible Museum to House Large Collection of Israeli Antiquities

D. C. Bible Museum to House Large Collection of Israeli Antiquities

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. will display artifacts from Israel.

According to TheBlaze.com, the Museum of the Bible has reached an agreement with the National Treasures Department at the Israel Antiquities Authority. Micky Saban, head of the authority, said the Israeli artifacts will include items from the Canaanite period and the First and Second Temples.

The Museum of the Bible, which is privately funded, is slated to open in 2017 and will display the personal collection of the museum’s founder, Steve Green. His collection includes tablets from Abraham’s time, biblical papyri, Dead Sea Scroll pieces and rare Bibles.

The items from Israel have never been displayed in Israel because of a lack of space for display.

“When we set out to build the most advanced museum in the world, we knew we could do even better if we joined forces with one of the greatest collections in the world,” museum president Cary Summers said.

According to TheBlaze.com, it is the largest Israeli collection of artifacts to be shipped overseas.

“The historic collaboration of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Museum of the Bible will serve as a showcase for the nation’s treasures and excite millions of visitors each year as they meet tangible evidence from archaeology and the history of the land of Israel — the cradle of Old and New Testaments,” said Israel Hasson, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

About 4.5 million visitors are expected each year at the museum.

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Publication date: August 20, 2015